Here's the schedule for this month's shows.. there'll be six, and Lyra will be participating in 5 of them. Aiming for another 2 CACIBs so she can finish her International Champion title, the last title there is for her to win. Wish us luck!
Next month's show schedule has been announced... here it is:
I won't be showing Lyra... which is pretty much the first time I'll be going to a show without her! It'll just be Dalton, so fingers crossed... all goes well! Wish us luck.
It has just been announced that there will be 6 shows in September! 3 FCI shows (one of which will be a Crufts qualification show), 1 AKU show, and 2 All-Breed shows. Here's a poster of it:
Guess we'll have loads of foreign entries again since it's gonna be a big show. To clarify, though.. no CACs will be awarded, just CCs. People seem to always be confusing CACs and CCs. They are completely different. CCs (challenge certificates) are used in the British system (as well as the Australian, NZ, and many others). Only two CCs are given for each breed--one for the best dog, and another for the best bitch. Reserve CCs are then awarded to the second best dog and bitch. CACs are used in Europe, and are given to dogs who win their class in the breed. So, depending on how many classes there are, as many CACs can be given as there are classes.
Not too confusing, right? I remember writing a post explaining this before, but here's a recap anyway... In Malaysia, all dogs need 3CCs (just like in the UK) to complete their Championship. There is NO champion class, so champions still earn CCs just like all the non-titled dogs. Therefore, all dogs compete with each other regardless of whether or not they're champions.
The schedule for the November shows is out! The judges this time will be from Canada and Ireland. Lyra's breeder, Derrick, will be judging groups 2 and 5 at the 339th MKA ABC show, that's the Pinscher/Schnauzer and Spitz groups, and group 3 at the 340th show--that's Terriers.
We'll be there (that's Lyra and I, obviously), see you if you're going! Am hoping to get pictures this time, test out my 85mm lens at that venue. Was just too busy at the last shows to do that.
Finally have some pictures from the last shows to share! Thanks to Gladys Tan for this very beautiful shot of Lyra free stacking and paying attention during group judging:
The rest of the pictures were taken by Devina:
Competing for bitch CC (L-R): Mal. Ch. Riccaval Phoenix (open class), Lyra aka Mys. Ch. Riccaval Zeal Me A Kiss (intermediate class), Riccaval Don't Stop Believing aka Adele (junior class) and Mal. Ch. Riccaval Porsche (Malaysian Bred class).
Lyra and Xaria (Mys. Ch. Riccaval Xaria) competing for best in class (intermediate).
Getting some boiled chicken yumyum!
Being a good girl while the judge (Mr. Dinky Santos) goes over her.
Looking so serious while waiting her turn...
Some amusing pictures of Elton (Int Ch & Mys Grand Ch Brendamay Yellow Brick Road) and his daughters, Adele, Lyra & Xaria.
There were also lots of other great pictures from the shows--click here to see them all!
The show schedule for September is out, and it's gonna be huge! We have 2 FCI shows (one of which will be a Crufts qualification show! Not like I'm going... but still), 1 AKU show, and 1 MKA ABC show.
This show below is the one which will be the Crufts qualification show. It'll be judged by Paul Stanton of Sweden (I think the MKA misprinted the country he's from on their website):
And, here's the poster that's been circulated, with all the information:
I am super meticulous in that every single time the name of a judge is announced, I will look them up and find out as much as I can about them. It's actually a very eye-opening process. In the past, I've managed to find one-on-one interviews, resumes, and judging critiques. I saw the name "Andrew Brace" and immediately it sounded familiar. Then, I realized that it's because he's famous!! And also, I've read his critiques before, on the Cavalier Club UK website. He's judged Cavaliers several times and the critiques have been published on the site. Very nice to know that we have a judge who is extremely familiar with Cavaliers.
Reading critiques is one of my favourite past times, because it's so educational. I've learned so much from reading judges' critiques of dogs (especially famous ones, simply because there are a zillion pictures and videos of them, so you can go look at the pics/videos and scrutinize the dog to see what the judge meant).
Anyway, hoping that the other judges will like Lyra, too. Oh, and also.. she will finally be old enough to be awarded CACIBs!! I don't think she will be getting any, since I have a feeling that the judging will be extra stringent since it'll be a Crufts qualification show, but that's okay.
I MIGHT also be handling another dog, but that's still up in the air, so when it's confirmed, I'll let you guys know!
Here are the next shows that Lyra and I will be attending--they are both on 27th May and will be held in Setia Eco Park. There'll also be other competitions such as junior handling and an obedience trial, as well as some fun activities such as treasure hunts and stuff! Check out DogsMalaysia for more information.
Cavaliers are in Group 7 (Toy), so the judges will be Mr. Douglas Bowe (Australia) and Mr. Kenneth Chuah (Malaysia).
Lyra will be 1 day shy of 13 months old (finally!! A show in which Lyra will be over one year old) then, so HOPEFULLY she'll earn her final CC to be crowned a Champion! She actually has 5CCs (only 3 are required to be a champion) already but because they were all earned before she turned one (that's today!! Woohoo), she needs another one at the next shows. *fingers crossed*
So I now have the pictures of Lyra and I at the shows last weekend, so this update will be full of pictures! I'm still waiting for the MKA to get back to me on the status of Lyra's CCs and the ribbon we won, though. When they have everything ready, I'm gonna go pick them up and get a picture of Lyra together with all her winnings from the weekend. That should be fun.
Anyway, on to pictures!
Some movement pictures... you can see that her topline isn't perfectly straight, as I've mentioned before... hopefully it improves as she matures.
I think this next picture shows how truly tired Lyra was by Sunday! She was such a trooper, though. She was sleeping soundly in her crate by the time the judging for Best Puppy in Show started--and this was on the last day of shows... she'd been trudging for three whole days! What a star. She did not complain or throw a fuss at all. I woke her up, and she happily got out of her crate and walked with me to the ring. She's such a super star even though we didn't win Best Puppy in Show or reserve anything! Her attitude alone is stellar. If only all people (and dogs!) could have her positive attitude.
And this last picture is my favourite--I look like a goof in it, but I think it captures the moment perfectly. My friend Devina took this picture for us right after we stepped out of the ring after having won best puppy in group, and Lyra was excited because everyone was screaming "good girl!!!" at her and giving her lots of hugs... so she resorted to licking my ear, lol.
Anyway, what can I say? I love my little Lyra. She's a really special little dog. It's funny how I look back and I can't imagine what my life was like before I had her (same feeling as after I got Cadence!! I don't know how I ever lived without a DOG). She turned 11 months old today! I can't believe how fast time flies. Soon, she will no longer be a puppy.
The next shows will be in Penang on April 22nd, but that is before Lyra's birthday, so I don't know if I'll be going. She can only become a Malaysian Champion after she turns one, so earning more CCs before then are not going to help... unless I want to make her a grand champion.
Maybe we'll still go, for fun... since I could visit my cousins and aunt there and eat the awesome Penang food there. We'll see!
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